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Protesters burn government office in Jumla

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JAJARKOT —

Protesters have set two government offices ablaze in Jumla on Monday as the agitation entered ninth day demanding a separate Karnali province with special rights.

Protesters defied curfew that DAO had imposed from 8:00 am and set District Post Office and Agriculture Research Council’s Bagwani Office ablaze. The Bagwani building was totally destroyed in arson.

Demonstrators also burnt the main gate of District Post Office, a motorbike parked there, two solar panels and documents house in DPO.

Jumla DSP Bishnu Hari Koirala said they failed to soak the fire, as protesters pelted them with stones and the police could not reach the Bagwani building on time.
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District Headquarters Khalanga remained tense throughout the day, as protesters defied curfew orders. Six agitators were injured when the police batons rained down on them. The condition of two of the injured is said to be critical.

Jumla DAO has issued shoot-at-sight orders for defying the curfew. Issuing a public notice, DAO requested that people in general not leave their homes during curfew hours.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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